Journal Article

Patient safety indicators for judging hospital performance: still not ready for prime time.

Kubasiak JC; Francescatti AB; Behal R; Myers JA.

Examining patient safety indicator (PSI) events at a single academic hospital, this study found that up to one-third of reported events were due to the disease process rather than a patient safety problem, and between 11%–30% of events were not clinically significant. The authors argue that PSIs as currently reported should not be used for ranking hospitals.